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Excursion Steamer W.W. at Bellevue, Iowa

Attached taken of the W.W. with the Riverfront Park at Bellevue, Iowa
W. W. (Excursion boat, 1905-1922)
Sternwheeler built as the City of Winona in 1882 at Dubuque, Iowa
Owned by Captain John Streckfus (1905); Captain Frank T. Rounds (1917); John F. Klein (1920) and Captain Ralph Emerson Gaches (1921)
Operated on the Mississippi; Ohio and Cumberland Rivers

From Fred Way's entry Number 5666:

Renamed the W.W. in 1905 in honor of Captain Walter Wisherd. The W.W. and the J.S. were popular excursion boats on the upper Mississippi River. Captain Rounds bought the W.W. in 1917 to replace the Golden Girl. She ran excursions and in the summer of 1918 was in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1920 owner John Klein used her to tow barges loaded with pipe from the upper Ohio to the lower Mississippi. In 1921 she was bought by Captain Gaches who used her to tow his showboat. The show was boycotted at one point by people of of Crown Hill, West Virginia who assumed that the name of the boat, "W.W.", stood for Woodrow Wilson. Captain Gaches replied that the initials stood for "Western Waters" and so the show went on. The W.W. was lost in a windstorm at the head of Brush Creek Island on the Ohio River in the spring of 1922.


Sternwheeler WARREN New Orleans levee 1880 -1897

1st: "Cotton on the levee, New Orleans"
Detroit Publishing Co. No. 08117
Steamboat WARREN

William Henry Jackson photographer
published between 1880 and 1897
from 5 x 7 inch glass negative
Library of Congress collection

2nd: "On the levee, New Orleans"
Detroit Publishing Co. No. 08123

William Henry Jackson photographer
published between 1880 and 1897
from 5 x 7 inch glass negative
Library of Congress collection

Sternwheel Packet
Way's Packet Directory Number 5697

Built in 1882 at Cincinnati, Ohio
New Orleans and Washington Packet Company
Cotton carrier with a capacity of 2,800 bales; running New Orleans, Atchafalaya River, and Washington trade circa 1885-1889

Captain Max Kenison (master, 1885, 1889); J. C. Bergeron (clerk, 1885); Eugene Quatrevous (clerk, 1889)


Sternwheeler NUBIA on the Nile near Bedrashen, Egypt

Undated photo of a sternwheeler on the River Nile near Bedrashen, Egypt. Undated. The name on the side of the housing covering the paddlewheel appears to be NUBIA.



Elevation drawings of Twin Sternwheels on the ETOBE 1910 for service in Nigeria

Just arrived today from the UK . . . in a 1910 issue of and Engineering journal.

The "River Queen" with twin sternwheels was very likely based upon these drawings of the ETOBE for the 1940 movie SAFARI which was filmed on Baldwin Lake in the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

From Grace's Guide to British Industrial History:

McKie and Baxter of Copland Works, Glasgow.

1896 Founded by James Archibald McKie and Peter MacLeod Baxter

1910 Made the compound the non-condensing engine, boiler and feathering paddle wheels for the sternwheeler ETOBE for service in Northern Nigeria. Vessel built by Ardrossan Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co. whose history according to Grace's Guide was as follows:

1842 The firm of Barr and Shearer was established in 1842 at Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, Scotland by John Barr and James Shearer

1870s Changed its name to Ardrossan Shipbuilding Co

1891 it acquired limited liability, as Ardrossan Dockyard Ltd, but was dissolved eight years later, at which time a successor company, the Ardrossan Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co Ltd was incorporated.

1899 the name was changed to the Ardrossan Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co. The yard was also expanded up to five berths in 1916 and the number of employees was 2,300.


The COTTON QUEEN steamboat mock-up at Disney World's EPCOT 1982 to 1996

The WORLD OF MOTION at Walt Disney World EPCOT sponsored by General Motors, was the former tenant of the Transportation pavilion at EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) in Orlando, Florida. It was an opening day attraction at EPCOT Center in 1982 and closed in 1996.

The steamboat COTTON QUEEN mock-up seen during the ride-through was supposed to demonstrate "the evolution of steam" and featured an audio animatronic roustabout pulling the rope connected to a stubborn mechanical donkey on a wharf at a landing somewhere along the Lower Mississippi.

by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Walt Disney World Resort

Thu, October 15, 2015

"Although it's now just a part of EPCOT's history, World of Motion was one of the park's original attractions that guests flocked to on opening day. The attraction, then sponsored by General Motors, took guests on a time travel journey through the history of transportation - man's foibles and triumphs in designing new vehicles, the age of flight, and the development of the horseless carriage, as well as the transportation trends our culture latched on to like the bicycle, the family Sunday drive, and the summer road trip."

P.S. from Dave: "I don't recall seeing the WORLD OF MOTION during my visit to EPCOT in November 1989 when I was sent down for a week as a consultant to the Florida branch of Walt Disney Studio's Animation studio."

This was part of the Disney-MGM Studios complex of theme parks. Park visitors were able to take a tour of the studio and observe the animators at work. In 1998, the unit moved into a new $70 million faculty. At the studio's height in the mid-1990s, it employed approximately 400 artists and technicians. This branch of the studio was responsible for Mulan (1998), Lilo & Stitch (2002) and Brother Bear (2003), all traditionally hand drawn animated films. Walt Disney Studios closed that branch of the studio in January 2004, putting approximately 250 animators, technicians and other personnel out of work.


Aboard the steamer WASHINGTON

This 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 print of an unknown lady standing in front of the texas cabin with the pilot house above and the portside stack on the right was rubber stamped 27 November, 1936.

The boat's name was readable on the side of the bucket in front of the screen door to the texas cabin.


22 August 1959 steamboat WINNEBAGO Wisconsin Dells

Nice image taken 22 August 1959 of a senior crew member in the foreground holding semaphore flags in order to signal to the pilot of the excursion steamboat WINNEBAGO, full of passengers as it gave a tour of the Wisconsin Dells in central Wisconsin.

wikipedia explanation:

Flag semaphore (from the Greek σῆμα, sema, meaning sign and φέρω, phero, meaning to bear; altogether the sign-bearer) is the telegraphy system conveying information at a distance by means of visual signals with hand-held flags, rods, disks, paddles, or occasionally bare or gloved hands. Information is encoded by the position of the flags; it is read when the flag is in a fixed position. Semaphores were adopted and widely used (with hand-held flags replacing the mechanical arms of shutter semaphores) in the maritime world in the 19th century. It is still used during underway replenishment at sea and is acceptable for emergency communication in daylight or using lighted wands instead of flags, at night.


"Paul-L Capsized Oshkosh Wisconsin"

Best of many photos taken of the 1910 capsizing of the PAUL L. at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. I had sent some in the past but don't think any of them are posted anymore. This should join the new category "Mishaps and Disasters" of which we have many photos and also engravings, so please use items from those categories to create the new page.

"Paul-L Capsized Oshkosh Wisconsin" Photograph of the steamboat "Paul L" capsized at Riverside Park, on the Fox River at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

On May 28, 1910, the Paul L was being unloaded of a cargo of coal, too much was removed on the starboard side and the boat rolled over. No one was hurt, but the cook and the ship's mate were thrown into the river.

The boat was righted by pumping out the water while barges with cranes lifted from the river and tractors from the shore pulled the boat upright.

The "Paul L" was named for Captain Paul Le Fevre's oldest son. The steamer was built in 1907 by the firm Ryan Brothers (George & James) in Oshkosh and had a length of 124' and a beam of 21' it served the Oshkosh to Tustin run on Lake Poygan. It was operated by the Clark & LeFevre Company. The Paul L was sold in 1921 to Harry D. Meyer, R. C. Brown Jr. & J. C. Thompson of Oshkosh, later it was turned into a barge and operated at Appleton, Wisconsin, it sunk in 1923 and was never sailed again. The caption above was derived from Oshkosh Past Perfect online that referred to a different image of the same event.


Steamer G. W. HILL 1909 - 1922

Way's Packet Directory Number 2188
Sternwheel Packet/Excursion boat
Built in 1909 at Jeffersonville, Indiana by Howard Ship Yards, for the St. Louis-Calhoun County apple trade.
Original price $28,850. Named for Granderson Winfrey Hill of Alexandria, Missouri.
Owned by Captain D.W. Wisherd and Sam Gregory whose home port or residence circa 1909 was St. Louis, Missouri.
Converted into an excursion boat in May 1912. After World War I she commenced tramping to the upper Ohio River, she also went to New Orleans, Pittsburgh, etc. until sold in 1923 after the steamboat fire at Cincinnati, Ohio (November 4, 1922).
Became the ISLAND MAID in 1923.
Captain Walter Wisherd (master)
Captain J.E. Short (pilot)
Captain Trim Wadlington (master)
Captain George L. White (master)
Edgar Wisherd (captain)
John Pierson (pilot)
Harry Wilcox (pilot)


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